Hanna Marie Mack (June 2, 2001 – September 10, 2007) was a 6-year-old girl from Navarro Mills, Texas who was sexually assaulted and murdered by Shaun Earl Arender, then 19.

Hanna Mack
Hanna Marie Mack
Hanna Marie Mack

(2001-06-02)June 2, 2001
Navarro Mills, Texas, USA
DiedSeptember 10, 2007(2007-09-10) (aged 6)
Navarro Mills, Texas, USA
Cause of deathStrangulation
Body discoveredSeptember 10, 2007

Case and initial findings edit

Mack was a first-grader at Blooming Grove Elementary School, at the time living with her mother and live-in boyfriend in the rural town of Navarro Mills in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, about 60 miles (roughly 100 km) south of Dallas, Texas. Arender resided within about a mile of Mack's home, and in the early morning of September 10, apparently amid use of marijuana and possibly other recreational drugs, entered Mack's home. She was found later in the morning around dawn, naked and hanging from a rafter in a garage; she had been molested, raped and strangled.[1][2]

Investigation and conviction edit

Although suspicion at first centered on the live-in boyfriend of Hanna Mack's mother, DNA evidence from the girl's shirt was found to be a match for Shaun Earl Arender, who had a criminal record for other offenses including burglary and drug possession.[3] Following his arrest, Arender implicated the boyfriend as having orchestrated the sequence of events by molesting and then choking Hanna, but due to insufficient evidence, he was not charged for the crime. Arender pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.[4][1][2][5]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Authorities Charge Neighbor With Murder After Texas Girl, 6, Found Hanged in Garage". Fox News. September 28, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Jacobs, Janet (February 13, 2009). "Arender confesses, implicates Anders in child's death". Corsicana Daily Sun.
  3. ^ "Texas: Man Charged in Girl's Murder". The New York Times. September 29, 2007.
  4. ^ Dixon, Schuyler (February 13, 2009). "Texas man gets life for killing 6-year-old girl". San Diego Union Tribune.
  5. ^ "Man Pleads Guilty in Death of 6-Year-Old". NBC DFW. February 14, 2009.

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